About Book Harmon


Mission Statement

To provide Animal Sciences students with leadership guidance and opportunities to further inspire and promote career goals.

Book Harmon Leadership Forum 


Mr. Bob Book

After earning a BA in Animal Husbandry from Purdue University in 1952, Bob earned an MBA from Indiana University and completed the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University. Bob enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve that year, and spent 31 years in both US Marine Corps and US Marine Corps Reserve, retiring in 1983 with the rank of Colonel.

He became a driving force behind Elanco Products Company, a division of Eli Lilly Company, when he joined as a sales representative in 1955. After retiring in 1983 as Group Vice President of Agricultural Marketing Elanco Animal Health, Bob became the first president of The Indiana Institute of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition, Inc., serving until 1992. He helped create the two-year, 12-seminar Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program which is now sponsored by e. This is a highly acclaimed professional development opportunity for leaders in agriculture which has more than 25 years of building leadership capacity.

Board memberships included: The Marine Corps League, the Indiana Military Coalition, Military Officers of America Assn., the Farm Foundation, n Corporation, Ag Alumni Seed, U.S. Feed Grains Council, National FFA and The Life Raft Group. For 29 years he was both an elected representative on the Clay Township Board in Hamilton County, Indiana, and President of Clay Township Regional Waste District. He was Precinct Committeeman for Clay Center 2, for over 30 years and served St. Vincent’s Carmel Hospital from ground breaking until he was named Chairman of the Board, that board membership continuing until June 2012.

Bob and Dr. Bud Harmon established the Purdue University Book Harmon Leadership Program in Animal Sciences in 2005. Mr. Book received Purdue’s highest academic honor in May, 2012 when he was awarded the Purdue Honorary Doctorate degree. Mr. Book passed away on December 9, 2012. His wife of 47 years, Jeanne, resides in Carmel, Indiana. He was truly visionary about the importance of growing agricultural leaders.


Dr. Bud Harmon

Bud and Mary Lynne Harmon

An alum of Purdue University with a B.S. in Animal Sciences. Dr. Harmon calls Deer Creek, IN his first hometown. He served in the U.S. Navy, is a former professor of animal sciences at the University of Illinois, director of non-ruminant nutrition for Ralston Purina Mills, professor and head of the animal sciences department at Purdue, president of the American Society of Animal Sciences and now the president of "Beijing Wise Harmon International Agricultural Development." He is a true leader in animal industries. He and his wife Mary Lynne reside in Kirkwood, Missouri.